Inspiration of the Week – Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst is an installation artist know for his controversial pieces featuring animals floating in formaldehyde.

So I’m not really a fan of Damien Hirst’s work however I do appreciate his themes and subject matter. The subject matter for “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” is the idea of death and how frightening it is to come face to face with it.

The reason that I am looking at this piece in particular is because I want to deal with the inevitably that we will all be forgotten. I think that we want to think that we are important and will be remembered for a long time with the reality being that we will be forgotten after about three generations.

What I want to say with my work is that being forgotten isn’t a bad thing and is just how the world works so there is no point in hiding from this fact and should move on.

Although I won’t be suspending animals in formaldehyde, I do think that Damien Hirst has used a good visual to say what he was trying to say with his work.

NB – all photographs here have been taken from these sites:

I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

Until next time


Róisín -x


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